Agricultural plastic containers can be a hazard if not properly managed. Empty plastic containers that are stored outdoors are a desirable breeding ground for mosquitoes and vermin. Recycling these containers also alleviates the issue of people reusing these containers for storage of drinking water or other household uses.

Agricultural plastic can be recycled for free at monthly collection events in San Joaquin County. Inspectors from the Ag Commissioner’s office are on hand at these events to provide container inspections. Empty aluminum phosphide metal containers and clean cardboard are also accepted.

The programs guiding principles are: Conserve Resources, Protect the Land, Air & Water, and to Save Money 

Pesticide Container Recycling Program Brochure

Program Goals:
-To dispose of pesticide containers in a cost-effective, environmentally sound way which benefits agriculture and the community
-To encourage resource conservation by recycling plastic containers
-To protect public health.
-To lessen financial impact on farmers and agricultural businesses

Events:

Lovelace Materials Recovery Facility
2323 East Lovelace Road
Manteca, CA  95336
(209) 982-5770
North County Recycling Center
17720 East Harney Lane
Lodi, CA  95240
(209) 887-3868
Tracy Materials Recovery Facility  
30703 S MacArthur Drive
Tracy, CA  95377
(209) 832-2355
FREE on the second Wednesday of 
even numbered months:
February, April, June, August, and December
FREE on the second Thursday of 
odd numbered months:
January, March, May, July, September, October, and November

FREE on the second Tuesday of:
February, May, August, and November
2022 Schedule
February 9   
April 13
June 8
August 10    
December 14  

2022 Schedule
January 13
March 10
May 12
July 14  
September 8

October 12 

November 10    

2022 Schedule
February 8
May 10
August 9                
November 8   
 October 12 Event moved from Manteca Lovelace Facility to Lodi North County Facility at 17720 E. Harney Ln. 

NOTICE:
Containers not meeting the Acceptable Container Requirements or those that once held motor oil, fuel, or antifreeze will be refused and may cause the load to be rejected in its entirety. If contamination is detected post-delivery, San Joaquin County will contact the person or entity that made delivery of prohibited waste. The contaminants must then be removed from the premises by the deliverer within 48 hours from the time of notification and must be disposed of as prescribed by state and federal laws. Proof of proper disposal (documents and/or manifests) will be required and shall be provided to San Joaquin County Public Works, Solid Waste Division. If not safely and lawfully removed within the 48 hour period, San Joaquin County will contract with a hazardous waste hauler for removal and legal disposal. The person or entity that made delivery shall be solely responsible for all costs associated with the handling and disposal of prohibited material. 

Agricultural Pesticide Container Recycling is sponsored by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors

Acceptable Container Requirements

1. Type: Non-refillable HDPE containers (Displays HDPE #2 Recyclable Symbol)
2. Prior Use: EPA registered agricultural products
3. Users: Growers or Commercial Applicators
4. Sizes: Up to 55 gallon capacity drums - All drums are to be cut into quarters - This will make it easier for transport and the grinding process.
5. Cleaning: Containers must be empty, triple or pressure rinsed, then allowed to dry. Staining is acceptable; caked-on residue is not
6. Puncturing containers is recommended
7. Storage: Keep empty containers in a building or under a tarp
8. Parts & Caps: Remove all non-HDPE parts including caps, metal handles, rubber linings, plastic seals, bungs, labels and booklets
9.Industrial Bulk Containers (IBC) Must Be Left In Shipping Frame to Be Accepted At These Events

Event Hours
Collection Events are from
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Contact Phone Numbers
For more information contact: 
Department of Public Works 
Solid Waste Division 
(209) 468-3066 or 

Office of the Agricultural Commissioner 
(209) 468-3300



Agricultural Pesticide Plastic Containers Recycling Event

2323 E. Lovelace Road
Manteca - Lovelace Transfer Station , California
209 468 3066

Lovelace Materials Recovery Facility

FREE on the second Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October & December.

More Information - Ag Plastics

Agricultural Pesticide Plastic Containers Recycling Event

Manteca - Lovelace Transfer Station
2323 E. Lovelace Road
209 468 3066

Lovelace Materials Recovery Facility

FREE on the second Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October & December.

More Information - Ag Plastics
Solid Waste Administrative Office
1810 East Hazelton Avenue
Stockton, CA 95205
Phone: (209) 468-3066
Fax: (209) 468-3078
Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Email us with questions at: solidwaste@sjgov.org
Integrated Solid Waste Manager
Desi Reno